IIMs release CAT 2012 registration data; format may change to check dominance of engineering students

 | October 16,2012 04:29 pm IST

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK), coordinating CAT 2012, announced the highlights of CAT 2012 registrations on behalf of The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). 


The total number of registered candidates for CAT 2012 is 2,14,068, representing a 4.

2% increase over last year. CAT 2012 has seen a sharp rise in the number of girls with an increase by 8.6% over last year as compared to the number of boys registering for CAT which has increased by 2.6%.


The category-wise break-up of registration reveals a notable increase in participation from NC-OBCs which is 17.3%, SC which is 5.0% and ST which is 7.4% indicating healthy growth from all categories.


Candidates from an engineering background continue to dominate the total pool with 67.6%. As in the past, a large number of the applicants are either fresh or have work experience less than 6 months. However there is a substantial increase of 43% in the test takers with 2 - 3 yrs work-experience. In order to check dominance of engineering students, Indian Institutes of Management are planning to change the Common Admission Test format for a wider representation of candidates, said Prof SSS Kumar, CAT 2012 convener addressing a press conference in New Delhi. 


The top 5 cities in which candidates have scheduled to test account for 40.7% of the total number of registrations New Delhi (21224), Bangalore (19553), Mumbai (16895), Hyderabad (16138) and Pune (13368).


Based on candidates residing address, Maharashtra has the highest number of registered candidates (31040). This is followed by Uttar Pradesh (25270) and Delhi (21507).


The admission to IIMs through the Common Admission Test (CAT), one of Indias competitive and influential exams, is of high repute not only to IIMs but also to the other business schools in India. On this occasion Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIMK comments, It has been an honour for IIMK to be a facilitator and coordinator of CAT 2012. All IIMs strive for one common goal: to contribute to the social capital of India. IIMK has evolved as an institution which has pioneered many initiatives like gender diversity in the batch and admitting the highest number of women students as compared to any other IIM.


The shift in candidate pool in terms of gender and social balance, as well as work experience, is a positive indication that our society is becoming more aware of the opportunities that are available, said Professor SSS Kumar, CAT 2012 Convenor. This is a very welcoming change.


As part of their final preparation, candidates are encouraged to view the test day video, and try the practice test that is available on the CAT website so they know what to expect on their test day, said Soumitra Roy, Managing Director, Prometric India.


The CAT 2012 will be conducted across 36 cities from 11 October to 6 November 2012.